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Reflection on Surgery Rotation

Name: Abd-Manaaf Bakere

Rotation 1: Surgery

Rotation Location: Metropolitan Hospital.

Reflection on Surgery Rotation

My first rotation was in surgery department at Metropolitan hospital from January 02, 2024, to February 02, 2024. From passive observer to active participant, each day brought forth new challenges, learning opportunities, and moments of profound growth.

Initially, I found myself at the periphery of the operating room, observing surgeries with fascination. The sight of skilled surgeons maneuvering through intricate procedures left an impression, sparking a desire to delve deeper into the realm of surgical practice. As the rotation progressed, I seized the opportunity to transition from observer to participant, guided by experienced surgeons and residents. This gradual immersion allowed me to familiarize myself with surgical techniques, instrumentation, and the nuances of intraoperative decision-making.

Engaging in hands-on activities became the cornerstone of my learning experience. From practicing the art of suturing to refining knot tying, each task presented a unique opportunity to enhance my surgical skills. Through repetition and feedback, I honed my dexterity and technique, gaining confidence with each successful maneuver. The operating room became my classroom, where every procedure served as a steppingstone towards proficiency.

Central to the surgical experience was the profound interaction with patients throughout their surgical journey. Engaging with patients in the preoperative setting underscored the importance of clear communication, empathy, and informed consent. Witnessing the transformative impact of surgical interventions on patients’ lives reinforced the significance of patient-centered care. Every interaction served as a poignant reminder of the profound responsibility entrusted upon healthcare providers to safeguard the well-being of those under their care.

Surgery, as I soon discovered, is a delicate task between pressure and precision. The operating room is a place where split-second decisions can have far-reaching implications. Through pressure, I learned to maintain composure, channeling my focus towards ensuring patient safety and well-being. Amidst the noise of instruments and monitors, I embraced the challenge of balancing surgical accuracy with the exigencies of the moment, emerging with newfound resilience and resolve.

In conclusion, my rotation at Metropolitan Hospital’s surgery department was a transformative learning experience that left a mark on my professional journey. From the halls of observation to the experience of participation, I emerged not only with improved surgical skills but as a compassionate guardian of patient care. As I embark on the next chapter of my medical career, I carry with me the invaluable lessons learned and the profound experiences shared within the walls of the operating room.